PTE Academic Writing Test 23 – Summarize Written Text Practice Questions

Summarize Written Text In One Sentence – Read the passage below and summarize it using 1 sentence (between 5 and 75 words). Type your response in the box at the bottom of the screen. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

PTE Academic Writing – Summarize Written Text 

  • Read and summarize written text in your words.

English is the world’s lingua franca, the language of science, technology, business, diplomacy and popular culture. That probably explains why it is the world’s most widely spoken language. It probably also explains why native English speakers are so reluctant to learn a second language. It’s not worth the effort.

In 2005, the European Commission carried out a survey of the European Union’s 25 member states. The two with the lowest rates of bilingualism – defined as being able to hold a conversation in more than one language – were the UK and Ireland. About two-thirds of people in these countries speak only English.

It’s a similar story wherever English is spoken as the mother tongue. Only about 25 per cent of US citizens can converse in another language. In Australia the rates are even lower.

Compare that with continental Europe, where multilingualism is the rule rather than the exception. More than half of EU citizens are bilingual, and not just because they live in countries like Luxembourg with multiple official languages. Even in France, which has only one official language and is immensely proud of its linguistic heritage, most people speak a second language.

Again, that is largely down to the dominance of English. Across Europe, English is by far the most commonly learned language. High levels of bilingualism are not driven by a general desire to learn languages but a specific need to learn English.

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  • Read and summarize written text in your words.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize justly rewards the thousands of scientists of the United Nations Climate Change Panel (the IPCC). These scientists are engaged in excellent, painstaking work that establishes exactly what the world should expect from climate change.

The other award winner, former US Vice President Al Gore, has spent much more time telling us what to fear. While the IPCC’s estimates and conclusions are grounded in careful study, Gore doesn’t seem to be similarly restrained.

Gore told the world in his Academy Award-winning movie (recently labeled “one-sided” and containing “scientific errors” by a British judge) to expect 20-foot sea-level rises over this century. He ignores the findings of his Nobel co-winners, the IPCC, who conclude that sea levels will rise between only a half-foot and two feet over this century, with their best expectation being about one foot. That’s similar to what the world experienced over the past 150 years.

Likewise, Gore agonizes over the accelerated melting of ice in Greenland and what it means for the planet, but overlooks the IPCC’s conclusion that, if sustained, the current rate of melting would add just three inches to the sea level rise by the end of the century. Gore also takes no notice of research showing that Greenland’s temperatures were higher in 1941 than they are today.

Gore also frets about the future of polar bears. He claims they are drowning as their icy habitat disappears. However, the only scientific study showing any such thing indicates that four polar bears drowned because of a storm.

The politician-turned-movie maker loses sleep over a predicted rise in heat-related deaths. There’s another side of the story that’s inconvenient to mention: rising temperatures will reduce the number of cold spells, which are a much bigger killer than heat. The best study shows that by 2050, heat will claim 400,000 more lives, but 1.8 million fewer will die because of cold. Indeed, according to the first complete survey of the economic effects of climate change for the world, global warming will actually save lives.

The IPCC has magnanimously declared that it would have been happy if Gore had received the Nobel Peace prize alone. I am glad that he did not, and that the IPCC’s work has rightfully been acknowledged.

Gore has helped the world to worry. Unfortunately, our attention is diverted from where it matters. Climate change is not the only problem facing the globe. Our blinkered focus on it – to the detriment of other planetary challenges – will only be heightened by the attention generated by Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • Please review..

    According to the survey, bilingualism rates are lower in native
    English speaking countries compared to European countries where multilingualism is not a desire but a necessity because of the dominance and use of the English as world’s lingua franca.

    According to the Noble Prize winner scientists of the IPCC, AL Gore the politician turned into an award-winning movie maker has exaggerated the impact of global warming in his movie on the Climate change by showing that rise in temperature will be catastrophic in future, but research shows that global warming will indeed cause less human casualties compared to the cold spells.

  • According to the text, many scientists have been awarded prize on their contribution and excellence towards study of climate change, they have succeeded in creating the awareness among people that how changing in climate is effecting the sea level, glaciers and even life of polar bear.

  • The attention generated by the former US Vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner AL Gore on the climate change, who’s estimates and conclusions are not backed by the actual proof unlike thousands of scientists of the United Nations Climate Change Panel, has diverted our focus from many other global problems.

    Author kindly review

  • The Nobel peace prize has been awarded to both IPCC and political-turned-movie maker Al Gore, where the finding of former was based on thorough study of various environmental factors unlike the latter, who has exaggerated the fears on the detrimental effect of rise in cold and sea-level, and the IPCC team is not in favor of him.

  • English speakers give least importance in being bilingual, when compared with Europeans, as the former’s native language itself is the most dominant and widely-acknowledged one in every aspects of human life in the contemporary world, and hence latter emphasizes in mastering the same.

  • This year’s Nobel Peace Prize rewards the scientists of the United Nations Climate Change Panel as well as former US Vice President Al Gore for their excellent and painstaking work about climate change, while Al Gore’s findings seem to exacerbate sea-level rises, accelerated melting of ice in Greenland and drowning polar bears, the IPCC scientists adopt a different view.

    • Although, english is the world’s lingua franca, which explains why it is the world’s most widely spoken language and native English speakers are reluctant to learn a second language but reverse is the case when compared with continental Europe, where multilingualism is the rule rather than the exception and more than half of EU citizens are bilingual.

      • Although, english is the world’s lingua franca, which explains why it is the world’s most widely spoken language and the native english speakers are reluctant to learn a second language but reverse is the case when compared with continental Europe, where multilingualism is the rule rather than the exception and more than half of EU citizens are bilingual.

    • Although, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize justly rewards the thousands of scientists of the United Nations Climate Change Panel (the IPCC) because these scientists got engaged in the excellent work that the world should expect from climate change but Gore has only made the world to worry by diverting from where it matters which is climate change.

  • AI Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner expresses his fear about the climate change was just oppose to the other award winner IPCC whose study was more reliable and based on the careful conclusion.

    Please review

  • Al gore, Nobel laureate study about climate change theory contradicts the IPCC panel facts and he has over stated facts ice-melting drowning of polar bear, which, diverted from main idea of increased rise in temperature as well as mortality rate, his study is more relevant to planetary challenges.

  • Which one is better?

    Not only the United Climate Change Panel (the IPCC) whose estimates and conclusions about climate change are grounded on careful studies but also the former US Vice President Al who fear the world in his Academy Award-winning movie to expect 20-foot sea-level rises over this century won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

    Although the United Climate Change Panel (the IPCC) were rewarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for their excellent, painstaking work and grounded in careful studies about climate changes, the other award winner, former US Vice President Al Gore who fear the world in his Academy Award-winning movie doesn’t seem to be similar restrained.

  • English, the world’s most widely spoken language and versatility in numerous fields, predominates over European countries, where multilingualism exits.

  • Al Gore, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, ignoring the careful study of award winning IPCC panel scientists, gave exaggerated facts regarding climate change by overstating the sea level rise, ice-melting and drowning of polar bears which diverted the attention from main agenda of increased temperatures and mortality rates due to heat in coming years, although Gore’s award can be considered more suitable to study other planetary challenges.

    Author please review

  • 1.Eventhough multilingualism exists, english language predominates them because of its widely accepted acknowledgement all across the globe

    2.Even though findings of Gore focussed on the climate change, we should also focus more on the other detriment planetary factors

          • How could include every important detail in 15-20 words? This is the reason, I say to increase the length.

            According to PTE, your summary should include the main idea as well as supporting ideas.

            If your short & crisp sentence includes everything what PTE is asking for, I have no issues.

          • English, the world’s most widely used language in every field, predominates over European countries, where multilingualism exits.

            review please

  • IPCC member AI Gore, during his speech at the Nobel pece prize ceremony had given baseless facts of the climate changes, which made people worried and diverted people attention from climate change to other problems.
    Author please review:

  • English being the major language of modernization is accepted as the language of science & technology and thus is practiced by most of the multilingual countries including Europe as compared to native English speakers who do not need to be bilingual.

    Author please review

  • Unlike native English speakers, Europeans need to be bilingual as English has become more widely accepted language in science, technology, business and people culture.

    Author please review:

  • IPCC scientists procure Noble Peach Prize award based on their fruitful contribution to highlights the numerous facts about climate changes, whereas Al Gore disregards the scientists finding and labeled the opposite facts in his award-winning movie.

  • English is widely used language in science, technology, and business; therefore, mostly European citizens are in need to learn English to survive, whereas the native English speaker doesn’t have the desire to learn the second language as it will not worth their effort.

  • The aftermaths of the climatic change which includes the rising of sea level, temperature hike, drowning of pollar bear due to disappearance of habitat etc.,as mentioned by the politician-turned-movie maker Al Gore, differs the thorough research conclusion made by his Nobel co-winners, the IPCC.

  • Through out World English is treated as global language ,but in many countries people like Ireland,UK only two -thirds people convey in English,even in Australia and Europe English speaker’s ratio is low may be due to places where they live:In France all them are biliginual;hence in every corner the English is common communication.

  • A difference of opinion and study has been found between two of the Nobel Prize winners of this year; Al Gore and UN’s Climate Change Panel. Both worked to highlight effects of climate change by quoting examples and estimates such as rise of sea level, Greenland’s temperature & future of Polar Bears. IPCC work is based on real conclusion and grounded study where Gore’s work lack precision.

  • With efforts from Nobel Peace Prize winner scientists climate change consequences can be evaluated but Al Gore’s movie facts are totally opposite of these scientists gave therefore focus should transfer to other global issues.

  • Even though English is widely around the world in every side of the art and technology, those who have English as their mother tongue are the least people to know more than one language, but the same time others learning English not as passion, for its need.

  • Despite won the same award of same subject i.e climate change by IPCC and AI Gore , the thoughts of both are totally differ to each other.

  • Despite being English is a world’s most papular language, native English speakers are unwillingly learn a second language; however, bilingualism are not driven by a general desire to learn languages but a specific need to learn English.

  • English has widely spoken language around the world, most of the nations announced the second language in their countries.

  • English being considered as language of science and technology is dominant in Europe and America and this fact has been proved for EU where bilingualism is only because of rule.

  • English is the most popular and used language in every aspect of life which is widely spoken by UK, Ireland, Us and Australian people who are not ready to learn another language, but In some Eu countries it is not a first language but they have to learn English to fulfill specific need of life.

  • The former US President Al Gore, was one of the recipients of the Nobel Peace prize, for the path-breaking discoveries about the forebodings of impending climate change and has awakened the world to the ground reality.

  • Today, English has emerged as the official language of diverse fields and the high levels of bilingualism in UK and Ireland are driven by lack of any specific need to learn English.

  • Nobel peace prize winner scientists of the IPPC establishes precisely for what people should anticipate from climate change, but another award winner, former US president AL Gore, has told us what to fear.

  • Around the world,English language has survived as one of the most popular language in the amidst of various other languages, in spite of not being an official language in certain countries.

  • English widely range spoken language and native English speakers are so unwilling to learn the second language to prove this the European union carried out a survey of EU members with native English speaker and proved it.

    • English is the world’s lingua franca, the language of technology, diplomacy, business, science, and popular culture, and that possibly explains why it is the world’s largest spoken language.

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